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New Country Music Album Releases for Friday October 22nd, 2021
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 21 October 2021 21:44:13
Lady A/What A Song Can Do/BMLG RecordsPistol Annies/Hell Of A Holiday/RCA NashvilleBrett Young/Brett Young & Friends Sing The Christmas Classics/BMLG RecordsSteve Holy/A Christmas To Remember/Thrill Hill RecordsDillon Carmichael/Son Of AZachary Williams/Dirty Camaro/Dulatone RecordsThe Kentucky Headhunters/That’s A Fact Jack!/BFD/Audium NashvilleJessie James Decker/The Woman I’ve Become/Warner Music Nashville
Parker McCollum Is The Latest Addition To Apple Music’s ‘Up Next’ Artist Program
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 21 October 2021 21:38:24
MCA NASHVILLE’s PARKER McCOLLUM is the latest addition to APPLE MUSIC’s “Up Next” artist program, an initiative aimed to showcase rising artists. Each month, APPLE MUSIC’s editorial team selects a rising artist to promote on the platform. The artist program includes an APPLE MUSIC short film, an interview with one of the APPLE MUSIC RADIO hosts, a performance on ABC’s “JIMMY KIMMEL Live!” and more to introduce and raise awareness about the up-and-coming artist to APPLE MUSIC listeners. For McCOLLUM’s “Up Next” campaign, he sat down with APPLE MUSIC COUNTRY’s KELLEIGH BANNEN to discuss his recent album, “Gold Chain Cowboy,” and his “Up Next” short film is available today via APPLE MUSIC. Additionally, McCOLLUM’s “JIMMY KIMMEL Live!” performance is set for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd. “Gritty, believable, and absolutely made for the spotlight,” said BANNEN. “PARKER McCOLLUM is one of those rare artists who has been able to translate serious regional fame into mainstream success without compromising his core artistic identity.” “All I ever wanted was a real shot in Country music. To be an APPLE MUSIC ‘Up Next’ artist is an incredible honor, and it means so much to me to have a platform like APPLE believe in me,” said McCOLLUM. “I always try to keep my head down and earn every little thing, so to have this spotlight for a little while is nice. I do not take it for granted.”
Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton And More Set To Perform On The 55th Annual CMA Awards
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 21 October 2021 21:22:10
ERIC CHURCH, DAN + SHAY and BLAKE SHELTON are among the first round of artists announced as performers for the 55th Annual CMA AWARDS, set for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th at NASHVILLE’s BRIDGESTONE ARENA. JIMMIE ALLEN, BROTHERS OSBORNE, MICKEY GUYTON, ASHLEY McBRYDE and CARLY PEARCE are also slated to perform on the show, which will air live on ABC from 7-10p (CT). McBRYDE and PEARCE will team up for their current single, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.” CHURCH will sing his current single, “Heart On Fire.” DAN + SHAY will sing recent hit “I Should Probably Go To Bed.” SHELTON will perform his new single, “Come Back As A Country Boy.” ALLEN will do “Freedom Was A Highway.” GUYTON’s performance of a not yet announced song from her recently released debut album will feature rising artists BRITTNEY SPENCER and MADELINE EDWARDS. And BROTHERS OSBORNE will also perform an as yet unannounced song from their “Skeletons” album. Additional performers and presenters for the event will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Garth Brooks To Honor Charley Pride With RIAA Lifetime Achievement Award At NMAAM
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 20 October 2021 21:15:21
Late country music icon Charley Pride will be honored at the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) with the RIAA Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Garth Brooks on Oct. 25. Pride’s son, Dion, will accept the honor from the RIAA on behalf of his father who passed in December 2020. RIAA Chairman & CEO, Mitch Glazier and COO Michele Ballantyne will be presenting a plaque to Pride’s family and to NMAAM. “Sometimes the greatest honor you can receive is being part of honoring someone else—this is an honor,” says Brooks. Read more at MusicRow.com
Breland To Host Debut Episode Of ‘Spotify: Discover This’ Podcast
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 20 October 2021 21:11:58
Country artist BRELAND is the guest host for the debut episode of the new “SPOTIFY: Discover This” podcast, “Expanding the Sound of Country Music.” Joining him in the conversation are fellow Country artists SHANIA TWAIN, LAUREN ALAINA and LILY ROSE, as well as BRITTANY SPENCER, SPOTIFY’S Head of Artist and Label Partnerships in NASHVILLE. The four discuss a variety of topics surrounding Country music’s past, present and future, including the significance of ’90s Country music today and much more on the episode. “We look at [the ’90s] as the golden age of Country music, but I think we’re in a golden age of Country music right now,” said BRELAND in the episode. “We have to respect what came before us to be able to have context for moving forward. And I think being able to honor that history is so significant, and this is a really great time to do it.” To listen to the debut episode for free on SPOTIFY, click here.
Tune In Alert: Amy Grant on The Kelly Clarkson Show Oct 18th
countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 18 October 2021 23:09:04
Six-time GRAMMY-winner AMY GRANT will perform her 90s smash, “Good For Me” on THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW today, Monday, October 18th. The track was the fourth consecutive Top Five Adult Contemporary single and Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 single. THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW is produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Syndication Studios, and is the highest rated talk show to debut in seven years. To find out where to watch, visit https://www.kellyclarksonshow.com/exclusives/where-to-watch. Earlier this summer, Grant released the double disc, 30th anniversary editon of her iconic, 5x platinum album, Heart In Motion, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF) Class of 2021. Grant is currently on the last few weeks of a 42 city fall tour, performing songs that span her four-decade long career, including hits from Heart In Motion to celebrate its milestone anniversary. In early December, Grant will do several Christmas shows with Michael W. Smith, followed by her and husband Vince Gill’s annual Christmas at the Ryman Residency. For all tour details and information, please visit AmyGrant.com. About Amy Grant:Amy Grant’s career spans more than 40 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million and over 1 billion global streams. Grant’s chart success has been consistent throughout her career with six No. 1 hits, 10 Top 40 pop singles, 17 Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks and multiple Contemporary Christian chart-toppers. In addition to her six GRAMMY® Awards, Grant has earned 26 Dove Awards (including four Artist of the Year Awards) and has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as the Music City Walk of Fame and the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Conventional wisdom has it that Grant put Contemporary Christian Music on the map becoming the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts and the first to perform at the GRAMMY® Awards. With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past four decades is assured. In April of 2016, Grant celebrated the 25th anniversary of her iconic hit “Baby Baby” with a worldwide release of the song featuring pop sensation Tori Kelly. Tennessee Christmas released in late 2016 and marked Grant’s first all-new holiday album in nearly 20 years. Last February, The T.J. Martell Foundation – the music industry’s leading nonprofit to fund innovative medical research focused on treatments and cures for cancer – honored Grant with the Tony Martell Outstanding Entertainment Achievement Award at their 2020 Honors Gala. 2021 finds Grant celebrating her iconic, 5x platinum album, Heart In Motion, releasing a double disc 35th Anniversary Edition on July 9 that includes never before released tracks and updated remixes of the hit singles. Get Connected with Amy Grant: Website // http://amygrant.comTwitter // http://amygrant.comInstagram // https://www.instagram.com/amygrantofficial/Facebook // https://www.facebook.com/amygrant/TikTok // amygrantmusic
countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 18 October 2021 22:45:59
Congratulations to country star Jimmie Allen on the arrival of his third child, Zara James Allen over the weekend. Zara and mamma Alexis are doing well, and the we wish them the very best going forward in life. It is the second child for the couple, who welcomed daughter NAOMI BETTIE in 2019. ALLEN also has a seven-year-old son, AADYN, from a previous relationship.
countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 18 October 2021 22:41:09
Country superstar LUKE BRYAN has been tapped to host “The 55th Annual CMA AWARDS,” marking his first time hosting the show. Set for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th at NASHVILLE’s BRIDGESTONE ARENA, the show will air live on ABC from 7-10p (CT). BRYAN takes over for 2020 hosts REBA McENTIRE and DARIUS RUCKER. Continue reading Luke Bryan To Host ‘The 55th Annual CMA Awards’→
Ryan Hurd tells Apple Music about his debut album ‘Pelago,’ going from songwriter to recording artist, and more on Today’s Country Radio
countrymusicnewsblog.com Saturday, 16 October 2021 19:28:00
Ryan Hurd joins Kelleigh Bannen on Today’s Country Radio to discuss his journey of going from a Nashville songwriter to recording artist, and, ultimately, releasing his debut album ‘Pelago.’ They also chat about the origin of his massive hit “Chasing After You” featuring his wife, Maren Morris. Ryan Hurd on Recording “Chasing After You”This song was like Music Row famous for a long time… And, [the songwriters] Brinley [Addington] and Jerry [Flowers] would sing it at rounds and then artists would hold it and promise to record it. And, that’s just how it goes sometimes. That’s the game we play as a writer and somehow it fell to me and I still look back on it. And I’m like, “I have no idea how of all the people in town,” this song, it was upon my shoulders to put it out. Because, the demo is exactly like what you hear in in the master. It’s that cool. You hear it and you’re just hooked and we’re just really lucky to have been gifted this amazing, amazing life-changing piece of art. Ryan Hurd on “What Are You Drinking” Feeling Like the Most Important Song on His AlbumThe other song on this record, that’s outside is “What Are You Drinking.” And, I just got sent that I was on a beach in Mexico and Aaron [Eshuis] wrote it with Troy Cartwright and Andy Albert. And he sent it to me. He’s like, “Check this out.” He never sends me anything and I listened to it and Troy’s singing it. And I texted Troy immediately and just said, “If you’re not going to cut this, somebody is, and it might be me. So I need to know if you’re okay with that. I need to know before I even talked to Aaron about this and you should ask yourself if you’re okay with somebody else having this.” And, I can’t imagine not having that song on this record. It wouldn’t be… Every single song is important, but that one to me feels like the most important one for whatever reason. Ryan Hurd on ‘Pelago’ and Its Place In Country MusicI think that I’ve grown a lot since I started writing. I’ve grown a lot since I’ve been trying to have my own project. And this is sort of that first combination where you’re like, “If this is the only thing people ever hear from me, I’m okay with it.” And this is the stamp I want to put on this moment. This is a stamp I want to put on me, my name. And you know, when people look back on country music in this time, maybe they’ll remember this record a little bit. And this is my little piece of that history, whether it’s big or small. I’m okay with it. And I’m really just psyched for people to hear it. And I hope they like it.
Weekend Listening: Jason Boland and the Stragglers – The Light Saw Me – Title Track from New Album
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 15 October 2021 19:37:00
Renowned singer-songwriter Jason Boland announced his eccentric sci-fi concept album The Light Saw Me, released December 3 via Thirty Tigers. Produced by GRAMMY award-winner, Shooter Jennings, it blends country influences from across the cosmos. Crunchy guitars, psychedelic pedal steel and roaring fiddles soundtrack his vivid sci-fi storytelling. Boland recounts the tale of a cowboy living in Texas in the late 1890s who is abducted by aliens and thrust into the future by a century, returning in the 1990s with no perception that any time has passed, searching for his wife who is no longer of this world. Boland debuted title track and video for “The Light Saw Me,” which he premiered via FLOOD MAGAZINE who praised the new record and whilst referencing the movie Cowboys & Aliens, stated, “While the title track from Jason Boland’s newly unveiled LP with The Stragglers may share the general premise of this over-the-top sci-fi blockbuster, in a way he kind of flips the idea on its head.” A pacy rock country exploration with a lithe guitar lick and Boland’s vocal croon introducing us to the album’s central character, the cowboy and his first life changing extraterrestrial encounter. Discussing the track, Boland stated, “The Light Saw Me as a song and album which aims to highlight our lack of ultimate control over our narratives. So much of what happens in our lives seems to choose us in spite of our grand plans.” Producer Shooter Jennings added, “Jason is one of my dearest friends and, in my opinion, one of the smartest and coolest dudes I know. He was the first person to ask me to produce their record and many years ago we had a great time making “Dark and Dirty Mile”. So it was natural for me to be more than excited to be asked to produce The Light Saw Me. This album isn’t just another album from Jason & The Stragglers. It’s a magnum opus of the highest creative order, which in turn I take as a very serious honor to be able to be a part of its inception.” He added, “Jason and the band were a delight and Jason’s vision from the album served as our lodestar as we carried it from cradle to its proper spot on the mountain high. It’s one of the coolest sounding records I’ve heard in years, so I’m really excited to see what the future holds for The Light Saw Me.” Drawing inspiration from podcasts including Desert Oracle Radio, the album boldly attempts to simultaneously address existential questions, from the meaning of life to more personal reflections on love and loss. Beneath Bolands sensational sci-fi narrative lies an allegory. He explains, “the deeper meaning of the material is “meaning” itself. When faced with the stoic realities of our collective fate, love is the source of the power that can keep us going.” Boland also announced the first leg of his U.S. tour with dates including Tulsa’s beloved Cain’s Ballroom, New Braunfels’ Gruene Hall, Nashville’s famed Continue reading Weekend Listening: Jason Boland and the Stragglers – The Light Saw Me – Title Track from New Album→